Tal Bachman — Juno Award WinnerTal was raised in a musical family (son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive) and taught himself to play guitar. He went on to study political philosophy, but soon quit school and returned to his native Vancouver in 1995 to begin writing songs. His self-titled debut scored a smash hit with She's So High. Tal was recently featured as an ex-Mormon in Bill Maher’s mocumentary Religulous. Today, Tal joins us as our fourth celebrity judge for So You Think God Wants You To Sing!
Paul Brandt — Juno Award WinnerThe most awarded male Country artist in Canadian history joins us again to chat about his recent trip to Cambodia with The Ratanak Foundation.
Frank Viola — Author of From Eternity To HereDeep within God’s Word lies a wondrous story like no other. A drama that originated before time began. An epic saga that resonates with the heartbeat of God. A story that reveals nothing less than the meaning of life and God’s great mission in the earth. From Eternity to Here presents three remarkable stories spanning from Genesis to Revelation. Each story traces a divine theme that is woven throughout scripture. Seen together, they offer an extraordinary glimpse into God’s highest passion and grand mission. What you discover will forever change your view of life, the church, and our magnificent God. From Eternity to Here presents the sweeping saga of God’s greatest passion. Comprised of three thematic stories, each theme explores the timeless purpose of our God and His plan and mission for the church.
Stephen Mansfield — Author of The Search For God and GuinnessThe history of Guinness, one of the world's most famous brands, reveals the noble heights and crushing descents of a great family and an innovative business. It began in Ireland in the late 1700s. The water in Ireland, indeed throughout Europe, was famously undrinkable, and the gin and whiskey that took its place was devastating civil society. It was a disease ridden, starvation plagued, alcoholic age, and Christians like Arthur Guinness--as well as monks and even evangelical churches--brewed beer to offer a healthier alternative to the poisonous waters and liquors of the times. This is where the Guinness tale began. Now, 246 years and 150 countries later, Guinness is a global brand, one of the most consumed beverages in the world. The tale that unfolds during those two and a half centuries has power to thrill audiences today: the generational drama, business adventure, industrial and social reforms, deep-felt faith, and the beer itself.
MichelleMichelle grew up going to church. Her mom was a Sunday school teacher. After her parents divorced, her mother started dating a woman. Now Michelle is a high school teacher, a Christian, and is heading up a gay rights support group at her school. “One of the things I find hard to understand is that the more progressive churches, as far as worship and atmosphere, are the ones who seem to be against homosexuality – even homophobic in many ways. That makes no sense to me.”
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This week on the Counsel Of Many: a youth pastor wants to know if he should call the cops on his senior pastor because of various complaints that the senior pastor has been sexually inappropriate with a number of girls in the youth group.
“I have a concern that I find gut wrenchingly painful. I am a Youth pastor in a fairly large church, with a youth ministry working with several hundred youth and young adults from the ages of 13 - 29. Before I became a youth pastor I was a social worker and was absolutely thrilled when I discovered the church that I work with, now has a youth ministry with a focus on street youth, drug addicted youth, youth in prison and young people with other personal and environmental struggles. I love my job as a minister and a spiritual counsellor and healer, which is why my heart broke when I started hearing increasingly frequent rumours in the several groups I run. More and more young people are coming to see me in person concerning the senior Pastor’s inappropriate and sexual relations with a dozen females (aged 13 - 22). I've talked to several people on the board of elders, I've talked to another Pastor on the pastoral team, I've also talked to several close friends in the congregation and the response is basically: 'Leave it up to God' or 'You work with troubled youth, what do you expect.' The cult of personality surrounding the senior pastor is thick and is posing problems with getting something done. What do I do? Do I bring in the law and risk the church crumbling? My work with troubled youth would be severely damaged. Do I confront the senior pastor and risk losing my job and end up hurting the young people that depend on me? Do I wash my hands of this mess and return to social work? I'm at a loss. Anyway I handle this, it could end up hurting the people I work with and it breaks my heart. Help!”
Mega Churches – like ‘em or hate ‘em?First Baptist Church in Dallas just unveiled plans to build a 130 million dollar worship centre which would include: a 3,000 seat worship centre, 6 floor education building, glass concourse, parking garage, sky bridge, a fountain plaza, two side by side gymnasiums, an outdoor patio, and a pool with a stone water tower topped with a cross. Is this going too far or does building a place that “honours God” and “reaches people for Jesus” justify the expenditure?
So You Think God Wants You To Sing – Round 4Every Saturday in November we’ll be highlighting three of our top 12 finalists! This week – Heidi Felici, Marshal Burnham & Olivia Marie Amenta! ** Online voting finishes Monday November 30th! Make sure you vote for your favourite contestant every day – because every day counts! Be sure to tune in next Saturday to find out who our secret Grand Finale Celebrity Judge will be AND listen as the top 3 finalists will perform live on our show AND we will crown our first ever winner of… SO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO SING!